Belarus - Traveling
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Means of transport recommended in town
Now it has got two lines with 19 stations connecting downtown to the eastern, the western, and the south-eastern. Trains run every three minutes during rush hours, every five minutes off-peaks, and every 7-12 minutes late in the evening. The last train leaves the center at 1-00 a.m.
Taxis can be found waiting in front of hotels, at the airports, railway station and bus stations as well as cruising on the streets. The government fixes the sole tariff that is currently equal to 500 rubles (€0.25) per kilometer. However taxi companies surcharge for call, for boarding and sometimes for bringing up the car. In total any ride from downtown to a remote district does not usually exceed 20000 rubles, i.e. approximately €8 while a ride across the city from a far district to the other edge does not exceed 30000 rubles (about €13). More often than not credit cards are not accepted in taxis.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
Flying is 2-3 times more expensive and has a poor network
Long distance buses by far are the best choice for traveling within Belarus. They are cheap, quick and safe.
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|Air Baltic||Low cost||Yes|
Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
-Bereste's archaeological museum houses relics of the XIII century
-The national park of Bieloviejskaia Pouchtcha, located 60 km North of Brest.
-Polotsk which was the capital of the Kievian principality. The Saint Sophia cathedral is one of the three Russian cathedrals that have been inspired by the one in Constantinople.
The centre of Christianity during the time of Rus (the first Russian state) lay in the Slavic town of Polotsk. Polotsk is the oldest of the Belarusian cities, founded in 862. An excellent example of architecture of the period is the 11th-century Church of St Sophia. There is also a 12th-century convent, St Ephrosinia of Polotsk, and a 16th- to 17th-century Epiphany Monastery.
Health and safety
Do not drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected. Do not drink unbottled beverages or drinks with ice. Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked.
Time difference and climate
Blinis are black wheat pancakes: blinis are also served with starters or with smoked fish. They are piled on a very hot terracotta plate.
Vodka, known in Belarus under the name of harelka, was traditionally made from rye malt, but nowadays it is also produced from grain or potatoes.
Kvas is a traditional Belarusian bread drink, it is made from black or rye bread.